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Blue Light of Death Plagues PlayStation 4

timothy posted about a year ago | from the lights-of-death-always-with-the-lights-of-death dept.

PlayStation (Games) 309

jones_supa writes "A classic game console freezing problem seems to affect the newest generation too. It has been found out that a bunch of Sony PlayStation 4s suffer of a problem which has been christened 'Blue Light of Death'. When a PS4 is turned on with a press of the power button, the light that runs along the side of the console should first pulse blue and then switch to white. At this point the console turns on the picture signal to the display device. Those who have a unit with the glitch are instead finding that their PS4 pulses blue, never goes to white and never outputs an image. We do not have accurate statistics of how widespread the issue is, but reports are popping up in Amazon reviews, Twitter, YouTube and other websites. PlayStation support is still in midst of investigating the issue, but has already posted a bunch of magic tricks you can try to get the console past the initial startup stage."

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attention kmart shoppers there is a bule light spe (4, Funny)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year ago | (#45448911)

on all Sony stuff.

Re:attention kmart shoppers there is a bule light (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45448969)

This story posted at 12;19... you posted 3 minutes later, it's the only comment visible but has a 3 score. You're manipulating the moderation system!!

Re: attention kmart shoppers there is a bule light (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449061)

Users with good karma can opt to apply a bonus when commenting.

Re: attention kmart shoppers there is a bule light (1, Interesting)

glavenoid (636808) | about a year ago | (#45449159)

You're right. I turned on a "+5 Informative" bonus setting for this very post I'm making right now but it'll probably get modded back down..

Back on topic: WTF would TV compatibility have to do with this? That sounds totally bogus since any HDMI capable tv should work, no? Does it have to be a recent Sorny TV to work with the PS4 or what?

Re: attention kmart shoppers there is a bule light (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449183)

hdmi is a horribly laid out spec that a ton of manufacturers do not conform to correctly or at least are very loose about it. Depending on their bootup sequence and when their drivers are coming up for hdmi and the timing that the tv is using could cause issues, however in the end it would be a driver issue on the ps4 side since its up to them to not crap their pants at the sign of trouble from a tv and at least try to keep going

HDCP issues some hdmi switches / DD sound amp's ca (3, Interesting)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year ago | (#45449259)

HDCP issues some hdmi switches / DD sound amp's can make it fail / flicker with mode changes.

Re:attention kmart shoppers there is a bule light (4, Funny)

mrwolf007 (1116997) | about a year ago | (#45449563)

Correction.
Its called the "Pulsing blue Dickpunch of sadness", in case you didnt know [cad-comic.com]

posted a bunch of magic tricks (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45448915)

did these include upgrading to a xbox one?

Re:posted a bunch of magic tricks (5, Informative)

Bozzio (183974) | about a year ago | (#45449331)

... and the fanboy trolling for this generation begins.
This will be a long 5 or so years...

Re:posted a bunch of magic tricks (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449419)

Begins? Where the fuck have you been? The trolling for these 'next gen' systems has been running long before they were even announced.

Re:posted a bunch of magic tricks (2)

Bozzio (183974) | about a year ago | (#45449561)

That's a good point. I haven't been following consoles for a few years now but, you're right, it was kind of silly of me to assume people would wait to actually get their hands on the consoles before trolling!

Re:posted a bunch of magic tricks (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449453)

did these include downgrading to a xbox one?

TFTY

Rambo (5, Funny)

tuo42 (3004801) | about a year ago | (#45448929)

What's that?
It's blue light.
What does it do?
It pulses blue.

Re: Rambo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449179)

Not Rambo; Daylight.

Sabotaged (4, Interesting)

mrspoonsi (2955715) | about a year ago | (#45448931)

See this article: http://www.neowin.net/news/foxconn-intern-claims-ps4-was-sabotaged-during-manufacturing [neowin.net]
Seems the workers were not happy.

Re:Sabotaged (1)

BringsApples (3418089) | about a year ago | (#45449013)

And that's how to properly protest something that you don't agree with!

Re:Sabotaged (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449015)

What, destruction of property? They have every human right to protest all they want, they don't have a right to protest with other people's hard-earned money.

Re:Sabotaged (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449109)

You're right, they should have written a nice letter to the head(s) of the company. That would have made a forceful statement and gotten widespread attention.

You know, the funny thing about rights is that they're an abstract, man-made concept that only exists in our mind. Some might say that workers have a right to manage and perform their work as they see fit. Or some might call this an act exercising freedom of speech or expression. Ah, rights.

Re:Sabotaged (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449141)

Get back to me when you can come up with a half-way intelligent, strawman-free rebuttal, and feel free to expand on why, exactly, you feel the contents of your wallet are fair game for my protest.

Re:Sabotaged (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449229)

or we could just shoot you in the head

Re:Sabotaged (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449307)

nice retort, faggot. real algonquin round table material there.

Re:Sabotaged (3, Insightful)

glavenoid (636808) | about a year ago | (#45449217)

Don't all protests eventually boil down to protesting with other people's hard-earned money? Seems to me that's pretty much the reason for protests -- to disrupt someone's flow of money long or hard enough (inb4 that's what she said) to enact change against some transgression, perceived or otherwise. Whether the act of protesting damages physical property or intangible things like reputation, the end result is that a protest still costs the person or organization being protested money.

The ps4 is still under warranty so the consumer is protected for the cost of the console regardless if this is an act of protest via sabotage or something innocuous. Might cost sony quite a bit though.

Re:Sabotaged (5, Insightful)

CastrTroy (595695) | about a year ago | (#45449275)

Filing a warranty claim isn't always free to the end user. When my eReader died, I had to pay shipping to get it to the repair depot. That was only about $10, but that is actually significant percentage of a $100 eReader. With something large and heavy like a Playstation, it could be significantly more to actually get your device fixed under the warranty. Also, there's all that time you can't be using the device. If it's just for fun, like a playstation, this may not be a big deal, but what if it's a laptop you bought for work. Going without a computer for 4-6 weeks certainly isn't something I'd want to deal with because some employee wanted to do some form of "protest". Hurting the end-users isn't really the answer.

Re:Sabotaged (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449421)

Annoying you for 4-6 weeks is arguably exactly what they hope to do. It causes serious monetary and time annoyances, which makes you consider: Why did this happen? Who did this? Why did they do it? Why are their working conditions so poor? Why am I supporting a company where these types of working conditions are common?

Takes some balls for the workers to do this imo. Many will likely be fired.

Re: Sabotaged (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449481)

No, they will be shot, cooked and fed to the others.

Re:Sabotaged (-1)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#45449441)

Going without a computer for 4-6 weeks certainly isn't something I'd want to deal with because some employee wanted to do some form of "protest".

Then back up all your $#!+ to a Dropbox/Box/Gdrive/Skydrive so that you can restore to a borrowed computer and keep working. Some companies will even cross-ship you a replacement device so you can get going right away.

Re:Sabotaged (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449891)

If you actually have to pay to get what you paid for, it's time to get the laws reformed. Over here, the dealer you bought the thing from has to provide it in working condition, and if it fails within 1/2 year, it is presumed that it was broken from the start (but the dealer may provide evidence to the contrary), and all repairs must not cause costs for the consumer, i.e. the dealer has to reimburse you for the shipping cost.

If the dealer refers you to the manufacturer for the repair, he still has to pay for shipping.

Re:Sabotaged (4, Interesting)

BringsApples (3418089) | about a year ago | (#45449263)

We have no idea what the conditions actually were.

I used to work at a place that created software for a certain part of the car manufacturing business. The product of the company was the software, however they acted as a middle-man for the hardware, simply making profit for being the middle-man. The owners of the company had no idea about hardware, and didn't care to learn. They just wanted to "git-r-dun", if you know what I mean. So they hired a few folks to run that dept, but never really had any respect for these people, I was one of them. Management's point of view was that hardware was stuff that came in boxes, and if things broke, then you just get another one and replace, they didn't know or care about configuring devices, or what it meant, but their system depended upon it being done correctly always. Despite countless occasions where failure was warned about, where problems were pointed out prior to actually manifesting, and despite indisputable facts being pointed out, management didn't want to listen, and never gained respect for "the hardware guys". They would require us to do things that would depend on us breaking other rules that were established.

The result was that prior to quitting the job, we simply stopped trying to make things better, and stopped "pestering" management about future problems, and we just played by their rules - which sometimes meant sending out servers with faulty fans that would fail after 3 weeks, sensors that didn't seem to work, and chips that melted - servers generally lasted no more than 7 weeks, when sent out in this condition. This was, in our way of thinking, a protest. And as you point out, "destruction of property", but what to do?

Re:Sabotaged (1)

Sarius64 (880298) | about a year ago | (#45449751)

Yet another reason to not be an early adopter.

Re:Sabotaged (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449023)

Power to the Opressed Foxconners!

Interesting debate there about how much more the PS4 would cost if "Made in teh US" - I personally doubt anywhere outwith China has the capacity, but, whaddaiknow..

minimum wage = minimum effort (4, Interesting)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year ago | (#45449047)

even more so if you have a boss like bill lumbergh so you work just hard enough not to get fired

Re:Sabotaged (5, Informative)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year ago | (#45449165)

First, this hasn't been verified. You're citing a single (deleted) post on an internet forum. It would be like me claiming Microsoft CEO Ballmer visits my cube during late nights coding and molests me. Credibility = Zero.

Second, quality control is handled externally to FoxConn -- or at least it damn well should have been. I don't think this is a worker revolt. We would have seen more than one post. If you ask me, it's one of two things -- the most likely is a bad batch of capacitors or other commodity parts. It's happened before -- just ask Monkey Man (who isn't molesting me, btw) about the XBox 360's RROD (Red Ring Of Death) -- which was traced to substandard parts and compounded by poor design regarding air circulation within the unit. The other possibility, an outlier, but considering this is Sony... is that their DRM has malfunctioned in a spectacular fashion. There are literally dozens of layers of DRM in this device, and it could be that a conflict has emerged at the hardware level due to authentication, etc. But like I said, it's an outlier; My money is on shit components.

Re:Sabotaged (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449313)

The post alludes to one Fox Conn factory. It is quite possible this is true. When you consider the working conditions, and the great firewall of China, it might be difficult for workers to have/get Internet access.

Re:Sabotaged (1)

Sarius64 (880298) | about a year ago | (#45449785)

Maybe the poster was an original Star Wars Galaxies player still pissed at the NGE. Never know. :)

Re:Sabotaged (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449167)

If this story is true then kudos to the "workers" (a more appropriate word would be slaves) at the foxconn factories

Re:Sabotaged (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449729)

Kudos? For cutting their own throats? I don't get it.

Re:Sabotaged (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449965)

Neither do I. According to the mods here, apparently it's perfectly fine for me to destroy private property as long as I don't like the working conditions.

Re:Sabotaged (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449225)

This sounds more like misinformation more than anything to be honest.

Something as big as that would have been noticed, if it is even big that is.
Considering there was around a million there, I'd be unsurprised if it rises.

Let's just hope for them it doesn't become a 360disaster.
I'd still rather buy it over an XB1 though. Even if it failed. Even if they never paid for the fix.
Only morons buy Microsoft Greedbox. You can play everything on PC, PS3/4, Wii/WiiU or Android. The very few games of worth still aren't worth being shafted, so 2nd-hand buy at best.
Live is such a massive rip, it is unbelievable. It is literally worse than cable now.

Re:Sabotaged (2)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | about a year ago | (#45449271)

See this article: http://www.neowin.net/news/foxconn-intern-claims-ps4-was-sabotaged-during-manufacturing [neowin.net] Seems the workers were not happy.

Is this the same plant in Yantai where Foxconn essentially forced students to work for free [sky.com] on Apple and/or Sony stuff? If so, the sabotage is understandable, albeit still reprehensible.

Re:Sabotaged (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449539)

yea try and keep up dipshit

Re:Sabotaged (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449533)

thats nice and all but didnt they test a single fucking unit? Foxconns floor workers are not smart enough to rig a machine to work once or twice then never again, that's why they are slaves by their own free will

I could see it (2)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | about a year ago | (#45449609)

The Xbox 360's RROD made some sense, since they really were pushing things. It was a lot of hardware, quite high end, in a little box. Cooling all that was problematic. This generation of consoles, not so much. Their hardware is decidedly mid-range compared to what you see today, and is single chip. That is much easier to deal with, and shouldn't have nearly as much room for defects. That isn't to say there won't be some, there are always issues, but one wouldn't expect it to be widespread.

So I could buy that it is due to a manufacturing error, and I could buy that error was on purpose.

Stats (5, Funny)

Spad (470073) | about a year ago | (#45448935)

"We do not have accurate statistics of how widespread the issue is, but according to Amazon reviews and Youtube comments, over 500% of PS4 units sold so far are suffering from this issue"

Re:Stats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449029)

"We do not have accurate statistics of how widespread the issue is, but according to Amazon reviews and Youtube comments, over 500% of PS4 units sold so far are suffering from this issue"

Five Hundred Percent???

Re:Stats (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449123)

Yeah, that's right. Five times the number sold already. It's all the Microsoft shills and other haters posting fake comments on every venue possible to drive people away from the PS4.

Re:Stats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449435)

Check the Amazon reviews and you will see many if not most are Verified purchases. I'll trust that the Microsoft shills are not buying consoles to get that verified purchase and be able to post a bad review. Sounds like there is a real problem here to me.

Re:Stats (5, Insightful)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#45449211)

Quite. Note that most of the negative reviews on Amazon state that the package arrived DOA, often poorly packaged or damaged externally. Those things have mechanical hard drives in them, for example.

To be honest I'd be amazed if any new device shipping tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of units wasn't subject to some rate of failure. I hate Sony as much as the next guy but we basically know nothing at this point.

Glitch? GLITCH? (3, Funny)

bignetbuy (1105123) | about a year ago | (#45448949)

That's a little more than a "glitch" when the unit don't play games, display output, or otherwise do what it's supposed to do.

Re:Glitch? GLITCH? (1)

Albanach (527650) | about a year ago | (#45449037)

If there's a troubleshooting step you can take to resolve the issue, so that the games display and can be played then it is indeed a glitch.

For some units, of course there's going to be hardware failures. Those folk certainly have my sympathy. Hopefully Sony have a well stocked return/replace process so those unlucky customers can be running quickly.

Videos and occasional complaints are somewhat meaningless. Unless there are hard numbers to show more failures than would be expected, this is just another product launch.

Re:Glitch? GLITCH? (1, Insightful)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year ago | (#45449945)

This is why i miss cartridge based gaming. I dont recall any of my nintendo products prior to the gamecube ever haveing any issue doing its intended goal (play a game)

Re:Glitch? GLITCH? (2)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year ago | (#45449055)

Ctrl-Alt-Del [cad-comic.com] has named it the "Pulsing Blue Dick-punch of Sadness". I think that's way too good a name not to be generally adopted for the condition.

Power On! (4, Funny)

the_skywise (189793) | about a year ago | (#45449025)

Awww screw it... let's just mix and match memes...

Han Solo: "Oh yeah? Watch this!"

Pulse blue: Atomic Batteries to power
Switch to white: Turbines to spee... BLAM

Leia: "Watch what?"

Not a blue light (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449039)

That's just what happens when you try to display a Blue Screen Of Death on a one-pixel display.

PS 4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449045)

"Of course it runs FreeBSD"!

TV Compatibility (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449049)

Why in the name of all that is unholy would the firmware on your TV affect a game console? What, did they decide to make the console only compatible with Sony TVs?

Re:TV Compatibility (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449475)

Probably for the exact same reason why you have to be online to play some single-player games which have absolutely no internet- (or network-) capable functions (mutli-player, possible update patches, etc).

HDCP (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#45449527)

Why in the name of all that is unholy would the firmware on your TV affect a game console?

So that the PS4 can make sure that you haven't been using your TV to watch High Definition Child Pornography :p

I much prefer the name... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Cowled (917825) | about a year ago | (#45449053)

Re:I much prefer the name... (5, Funny)

captjc (453680) | about a year ago | (#45449381)

The best part is that after publishing the comic, Tim received his PS4 and it too had the Pulsing Blue Dickpunch of Sadness.

Re:I much prefer the name... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#45449689)

Wow, CAD is slashdotted.

Magic fix: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449067)

Return to vendor for a refund or a replacement.

power-cycle your whole house? (0, Troll)

david.emery (127135) | about a year ago | (#45449079)

The entertainment system on the LH A340-300 I flew yesterday wasn't booting. We could see the Windows CE console boot sequence where it would hang. The pilot came on the loudspeaker and told us he had to power-cycle the entire aircraft. (I'm pretty sure he meant just the cabin power.) Several people said, "Makes sense if it's running Windows," and another asked, "They aren't using Windows in the cockpit, are they?"

(Once it did boot up, touch panel performance was poor, and video playback had a fair amount of stutter.)

Re:power-cycle your whole house? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449143)

You're a really interesting man, David Emery. I recommend this video [youtube.com] to you.

Re:power-cycle your whole house? (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#45449351)

Hey, that's a nice JPOP tune. :)

Six sigma? And final checks? (1)

Dean Woodyatt (3409097) | about a year ago | (#45449083)

Surely they could add a final check to production??.... Penultimate step... Plug into telly. .turn it on. Check for PS4 logo on telly Add QC sticker Unplug Hand to packaging line

Relax, not a big deal. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449091)

Wow, this kind of stuff happens and will be fixed soon. Of course I would be unhappy if had a broken one but there are already easy fixes on the internet for the messed up HDMI port. Anybody else remember the XBox 360 red ring of death? Relax, get over it and move on.

Re:Relax, not a big deal. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449363)

Relax, get over it and move on.

But I'm a demanding western customer with a low patience and I'm living the promise of easy life and being entertained.

I'm sure it has to do with HDCP negotiation (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449099)

Fuck you very much, MPAA.

HDCP? (4, Interesting)

DigiShaman (671371) | about a year ago | (#45449103)

Could be an issue with HDCP over HDMI. I would not surprise me if this is DRM failing thus holding up the boot process.

Re:HDCP? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449139)

...which is why every single one of those defective devices should be returned to Sony for a refund. DRM must cost Sony money, or they'll never learn.

Re:HDCP? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449979)

If it is HDCP I wouldn't completely blame SONY. Blue-Ray is pretty much the only high capacity commercial disk storage medium at the moment and they are pushing encryption pretty heavily. The game studios may have put pressure on SONY to implement it at all levels as well.

HOly shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449169)

Calm down everyone. Why don't we wait and find out exactly how many are being returned. So far folks are saying that it's only 500 people have complained about the blue light. 1 Million PS4 have been sold. Until 10,000 units have been reported as not working (which is only 1%) then we should maybe make a small deal about this.

How many iPhone 4 or HTC One phones were found defective when they first came out, or even a year after they have been sold. There is always the % of units that will be DOA.

Re:HOly shit (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#45449385)

Yep. It might not be a actual design flaw in the machine but rather just an indicator of a hardware problem related to some DOA component.

Already solved it seems... (1, Troll)

Cantankerous Cur (3435207) | about a year ago | (#45449173)

Re:Already solved it seems... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449227)

Did you even read that peice of shit acticle on that awful site? They had a different issue to the light staying blue.

Re:Already solved it seems... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449407)

Read the article again you fucking retard.

That's what people get (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449233)

For giving Sony money. Don't people ever learn?

Re:That's what people get (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449757)

This. If the answer involves giving money to Sony, you asked the wrong question.

Copyprotection (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449303)

"We told you not to connect something on HDMI, as we can't be sure that you are not a dirty pirate, we built Sony-autodestruct into the Playstation4." -- Sony 1A2B3-Department

Ahhh, Rev A hardware (1, Insightful)

multimediavt (965608) | about a year ago | (#45449451)

For all the eager beavers that had to have the first PS4s I laugh at your gullibility. You are the public BETA testers. If you haven't noticed this trend in the last twenty years, here's some sage advice about new gadgets. Buy them a few months after launch once they get to Rev B or higher on their boards and more software comes out. First adopters are always the BETA testers for the hardware because of all the secrecy and money that goes into the development. Unless there's something especially good about the first units, i.e., some special edition or limited run made of gold, then the only thing you lose is juvenile bragging rights, and that doesn't last long if your Rev A model keeps BSODing. Hard to be cool with broken shit. But, have fun with your brand new, blue light pulsing space heater. I suspect that when I get my tax return in March I can walk into a store, pick a Rev B/C/D model off the shelf with three or four games and have more fun with one that doesn't hose up every boot.

Re:Ahhh, Rev A hardware (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year ago | (#45449593)

that doesn't last long if your Rev A model keeps BSODing.

This time it isn't BSOD, but PBDS (Pulsing blue dickpunch of sadness).

Re:Ahhh, Rev A hardware (1)

Lodlaiden (2767969) | about a year ago | (#45449657)

If I had mod points, you would have gotten one of them.

I waited a full year(maybe 2?) before getting my ps3. Works like a champ, was a lot cheaper, and came with a free game. I don't have a single reason to get a ps4 right now, so it will wait till I see something I like.

Uh guys, this happens with every console launch (1)

rsilvergun (571051) | about a year ago | (#45449461)

since the PS1. The Saturn had troubles. The Dreamcast had troubles. This is nothing new. hat I don't get is why people act surprised.

Re:Uh guys, this happens with every console launch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449521)

You mean every non-Nintendo console. Nintendo has never had launch issues with a console, and their reliability is simply unsurpassed.

Re:Uh guys, this happens with every console launch (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | about a year ago | (#45450001)

The NES cartridge connector is notoriously finicky even when relatively new. Same thing can happen to the SNES if you don't get a good connection.

blow on the cartridge (4, Funny)

Gothmolly (148874) | about a year ago | (#45449489)

It's easy, take the cartridge out, blow on the contacts, wave it around if it feels hot, then put it back in.

Re:blow on the cartridge (2)

Lodlaiden (2767969) | about a year ago | (#45449669)

It's easy, take the cartridge out, blow on the contacts, wave it around if it feels hot, then put it back in.

And failing that, ram it in and out a few times. It's funny how we're back to blinking lights at power on because stuff's broken. (Long live the NES!)

Re:blow on the cartridge (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449865)

And that problem was caused by the (primitive) DRM malfunctioning. Since TV firmware update are offered as a fix for this issue, it's possible that the problem is caused by the (ridiculous complex) DRM in HDMI malfunctioning. Same shit, different century.

Magic tricks? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449501)

I like how the "magic tricks" are power cycling it, and re-seating a user replaceable part.

Clearly this /. submitter has never owned a computer before.

Re:Magic tricks? (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#45449991)

I named them "magic tricks" because they weren't targeting a known specific problem but rather advising "try reseating everything, if something does the magic".

Quality (1)

The Cat (19816) | about a year ago | (#45449531)

Maybe if the units were built by well-paid employees with a future who weren't living in concrete bunkers in some Guangdong hellhole they could build something of better quality.

I have a refrigerator built when Truman was president. It has outlasted six more modern units, even after being rammed by a garbage truck once.

* of Death meme (3, Interesting)

Hadlock (143607) | about a year ago | (#45449569)

Where did this start? On Windows it was obviously the "Blue Screen of Death", Zip Drives had the "Click of Death". Did this phrase have any widespread use before Microsoft/IBM? Wikipedia points to OS/2 as the original BSoD monkier, but I'm wondering if it has roots that go back further than the late 1980s/early 90s.

Re:* of Death meme (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449925)

"Sad Mac" at startup on the original Macintosh computers precedes all of these.

Look on the bright side (3, Interesting)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#45449679)

At least it happens now instead of the usual 2 days past warranty.

Consoles Suck (2)

zenlessyank (748553) | about a year ago | (#45449695)

Always have. Always will. Get a real computer or get the fuck out.

PS4 NEEDS A UPS !! DAMAGE ON POWER OUTAGE !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449737)

2) Disconnect PS4 AC power cord from electrical outlet

âOnly disconnect the plug of the AC power cord from the electrical outlet when the power indicator is turned off. If you disconnect it while the power indicator is lit or blinking, data might be lost or corrupted, and the system might be damaged !!

Re:PS4 NEEDS A UPS !! DAMAGE ON POWER OUTAGE !! (3, Interesting)

CronoCloud (590650) | about a year ago | (#45449977)

Never had it happen after a power outage, it'll do the PS4 equivalent of fsck (which is an actual BSD fsck) on reboot (just like the PS3 does)

Dissapointed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45449871)

This kind of got my hopes up. I thought Sony had come up with a method of alerting PS4 owners to a special sale at K-Mart.

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